James Gray – ‘I’m Very Bad at Directing Actors’

James Gray – ‘I’m Very Bad at Directing Actors’
Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”

While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”

In a roundtable held prior to the masterclass, Marion Cotillard, who starred in Gray’s most recent pic, “The Immigrant,” praised his talent in directing actors, but Gray countered this idea.

“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement.
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